Press Release: Clean-up of electorate roll by Diezephe Village, Dimapur

17th September, 2016

In an extraordinary move, Diezephe Village - under Dimapur district- has cleaned up its electorate by deleting all the bogus and proxy names in the village e-roll. The Chairman of the village, Vesato Chuzho, while interacting with ACAUT members, said that the village council decided to take this momentous step as per the Clean Electoral Campaign of the State Election Commission and the Clean Election movement started by the NBCC. Working in tandem with the SDO (Civil), Dhansiripar, the village council deleted 274 bogus entries out of the total 672 names in the e-roll leaving behind only 398 names of genuine voters. In fact, so comprehensive has been the purging of bogus names from the e-roll that the village council is now apprehensive that if all the 398 genuine voters end up casting their votes resulting in 100% polling, the ECI would consider such as null and void! Regardless of this fact, the ACAUT Nagaland is of the opinion that this is the first time that a village council in Nagaland has voluntarily decided to clean up its own e-roll.

What Diezephe village has done is transformational and counter to the prevalent culture of the day- where, every single village in Nagaland is competing against their immediate neighbouring village by illegally enhancing their respective e-roll population. Nagaland still has approximately 4,00,000 bogus and multiple names to be deleted and unless this deletion exercise is taken up on voluntary basis by all the 2500 odd villages, both the Clean Electoral Campaign of the State Election Commission and the Clean Election movement started by the NBCC cannot be a success.

The ACAUT appeals to all the village councils in Nagaland to follow the example of Diezephe village and Langpangkong Range, Mokokchung. ACAUT feels that this is the only way the people can fight wide spread corruption at the grass root level, which will go a long way in the battling the menace of corruption that has crippled our state.

Media Cell, ACAUT Nagaland.

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